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DePaul to expand on-campus COVID-19 testing on March 9


COVID-19 update

In January, DePaul shared its plans for the spring, summer and fall quarters in Newsline. One of the items mentioned was the upcoming launch of DePaul's surveillance testing. Beginning March 9, DePaul will expand its on-campus testing for select faculty, staff and students.

Lincoln Park Campus

DePaul will offer saliva-based COVID-19 testing through SHIELD IL's mobile unit on the Lincoln Park Campus. At this time, testing will only be available to faculty, staff and students from the School of Music and The Theatre School, and residence hall students.

SHIELD's mobile unit will provide testing at the Lincoln Park Student Center on Tuesdays from 1 to 3 p.m. and from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on Thursdays. Testing will be provided free of charge and will not require proof of insurance.

Testing will be optional for a majority of students. Those in the School of Music and The Theatre School will be contacted through their academic programs with more information, instructions on how to sign up and whether testing will be a requirement to participate in certain activities. DePaul Housing and Residential Education will contact students living on campus.

Eligible faculty, staff and students will be able to make testing appointments through SHIELD IL's portal. They should have received an email from SHIELD IL to their DePaul email address with additional details and instructions. If they did not receive an email and are eligible, they should contact

Test results will be available on the SHIELD IL portal within 12 to 24 hours of testing.

DePaul is expanding testing to the School of Music and The Theatre School because students, faculty and staff within these programs visit campus to participate in limited performance-based activities such as practices and rehearsals. The academic units are part of the university's initial rollout of the program. Other academic units are expected to be added once the program has capacity to do so. 

Loop Campus 

DePaul currently is evaluating the College of Law's testing options, which began in February. The College of Law will inform its students, faculty and staff if any testing changes are made.


If you test positive for COVID-19, have been exposed or have symptoms, you must report it to the university. DePaul's contact tracing team will follow up with you to determine if and how long you need to quarantine.

If you are experiencing symptoms, whether you are within one of the groups outlined above or not, you should stay home and follow DePaul's instructions on the COVID-19 website.

For more information, resources and news on DePaul's COVID-19 efforts, please visit the COVID-19 website.